Thunderbirds acquire Luding from Silvertips
The Seattle Thunderbirds have added some depth to their goaltending situation, acquiring 18-year-old puckstopper Dorrin Luding from the Everett Silvertips Thursday afternoon. In exchange, the Silvertips receive a ninth-round selection in 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Luding, a product of Prince George, B.C., has appeared in 11 games with the Silvertips so far in 2017-18, putting together a record of 3-6-0-0 with a 3.64 goals-against average, .891 save percentage and one shutout.
Originally selected in the third round (66th) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Saskatoon Blades, Luding has appeared in 13 career WHL regular season games with a record of 3-6-0-0, 3.57 GAA, .893 SV% and one shutout.
The 6-foot, 200-pound netminder joins a Thunderbirds crease that is currently being held down by veteran Matt Berlin (1998) and Liam Hughes (1999), while 2017 WHL Championship star Carl Stankowski (2000) is listed as out week to week with a lower-body injury.
Between the return of Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cart Hart from a bout with mononucleosis, and the emergence of 16-year-old rookie Dustin Wolf as a viable young backup, Luding became the odd man out in the Everett crease.
The Thunderbirds, who scored a 6-3 triumph over the Regina Pats Wednesday evening, return to action when they visit the Victoria Royals for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.